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The Ethiopian Journal of Health Development Publishes Special Issue on Urban Health

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The Ethiopian Journal of Health Development recently published a special issue on urban health in Ethiopia with articles authored by staff of the USAID-funded Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program (SEUHP) project. The articles draw on the lessons learned during project implementation and provide insight into the need for strong governance, efficient data systems, skilled health care workers, and increased access to quality services to address the particular health needs of urban populations.

With funding provided by USAID, JSI launched SEUHP in 2013 to promote urban health leadership and provide capacity building support in 49 cities and towns across seven regions in Ethiopia. From 2013-2019, SEUHP worked to improve the health status of the urban population in Ethiopia by reducing HIV/TB related maternal, neonatal and child morbidity and mortality, and by reducing the incidence of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The program helped build more sustainable health systems by bringing together urban stakeholders from multiple sectors and fostering strong community and private sector involvement in primary care and community health service delivery.

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